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CBD Legality In The U.S. 2019

CBD Legalization Around the World in 2019

The recent passage of the 2018 Farm Bill marked the most significant victory in the history of hemp in The United States. The move is seen as the final push the CBD market needed to become a major global industry in years to come.

But, CBD can’t really become a major global industry if it is only legal in The United States. o where exactly do hemp and CBD stand in different regions of the world?

CBD Legality in the U.S.

CBD and hemp legalization in The United States is complex. For most of the twentieth century, CBD had operated in a legal gray area in the states.

This was a consequence of harsh cannabis laws such as the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 which was created to ban marijuana, among other drugs. The act officially created a list of illegal substances and added cannabis and all its varieties to the list.

In doing so, the CSA killed off the hemp industry, even though hemp was known not to be psychoactive. These strict anti-cannabis laws were seen as an act of retaliation by President Nixon, who at the time faced stiff opposition from the cannabis-friendly hippie movement and the opponents of the Vietnam War.

In the 2000s, published studies and easier access to information have allowed the public and lawmakers to become better informed about the benefits of CBD products.

This led to the inclusion of CBD regulation laws in the 2014 Farm Bill. The bill stipulated that individual states could monitor and regulate laws allowing for the cultivation and limited use of hemp-derived CBD.

Four years later, the 2018 Farm Bill expanded on these laws by completely legalizing hemp at the federal level. The 2018 bill effectively removed hemp and its derivatives from the federal list of controlled substances and classified it as an agricultural commodity.